Book for any size event outside and probably any size inside event in a large venue, for example, a school or community center. If your county, city, or state has a regulation against gatherings of a specific size, your event would need to be within those regulations for me to perform.
For in-home gatherings in the near future, I am only performing at those if less than ten people.
Shows are performed with a 6+ feet separation. Kids help out at a distance by yelling the magic word or wiggling their fingers. I do not pass out any props. If I call someone to come on stage, I’ll step away.
My balloon apron is loaded at least two days prior, and pre-made balloon animals are made the day before your event. I use a pump I have not touched in two days. At the party, I sanitize my hands before I get out of my car, then again right before I start making balloon animals. I do not pass out a balloon menu. I stay six feet away from the kids, except for the two seconds that I had them their balloon.
I always wear a mask indoors. Occasionally, I will remove my mask outside if the party guests are not wearing one.
Without a mask, my husband and I have not been within six feet of anyone outside of our household for more than a few seconds, not even my mom, since March 15. Except I have been to the dentist and I stayed at my niece and nephews’ house for a few days in October to give my sister-in-law a break from homeschooling, but I will not do that again. The last time I ate at a restaurant was March 12.
My old website is still accurate and has more details. http://sillyjillytheclown.homestead.com/SillyJillytheClown.html.
The only balloon delivery service I do is small to medium size balloon animals and balloon hats. I’m not getting into balloon decor but recommend you hire one of my colleagues who specializes in balloon deliveries, including balloon bouquets and yard art. The below five businesses are excellent at large sculptures and dependable.
You may take photos and videos of my performance, and please share them with friends or the public. Fine with Silly Jilly if you do whatever you want with the photos or videos. When taking photos, remember to stand behind or to the side of Silly Jilly too, and get photos of the party guests’ reactions.
Notice there is no “we” on this page. Book Silly Jilly, and she is who will be at your party, the entertainer with five-star reviews. Also, if you confirm a few days before your party, be comfortable knowing you have confirmed with the entertainer.
Pre-pandemic, I made balloon animals at Syberg’s Chesterfield Tuesdays, Serendipity Ice Cream spring and summer Mondays, Pediatric Dentistry of Sunset Hills once a month, and Eckert’s alternating fall weekends. Those performances are temporarily canceled.
I will travel almost anywhere. For example, I have performed at several Columbia, MO events, the Ste. Genevieve county fair, a company party in Branson, nursing home in Anna, IL and birthday parties in Greenville, IL, Carlyle, IL, and Gerald, MO. Call or e-mail for pricing. But for parties located about two hours from Webster Groves (Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, and Springfield, IL), it is Silly Jilly’s regular price ($195 for the first hour, $100 each additional hour) plus a usual travel fee of $100 weekday and $120 weekend. But for every half-hour past an hour, $10 discount.
I even make my amazing balloon animals and hats at adult events, for example, 40th birthday parties and nursing homes.
Ages three to seven especially love my gags and magic show. If you would like me to do my show at an eight, nine, or ten-year-old birthday party, I’ll make my show a little shorter and will still be a success as long as almost all the kids are ten and younger.
I don’t worry about impressing parents with my magic, figuring nothing will be more magical for the parents than the enjoyment I provide the children at the party.
Especially during the pandemic, I want you to be comfortable canceling your event if an attendee is concerned they may have a contagious virus, and for you not to worry about a non-refundable deposit.
But I would appreciate a partial payment if you cancel after I have already started to put on my make-up or have already pre-made balloons for your party.
Clients of my colleagues are sometimes required to sign a contract with a list of rules such as “No videotaping” and “No food served during the show,” and “No canceling.” Silly Jilly does not make you sign a contract. Also, your adult party guests may talk as much as they want during Silly Jilly’s show. She brings a microphone so the kids can hear.
The only rule Silly Jilly has is at events with over approximately 100 kids, she needs help ending her balloon line.
I’ll usually send a confirmation letter or text reiterating my end of our discussion.
At events with over 100 kids, I keep my line moving fast by displaying a list of about fifteen quick choices. Examples include swords, unicorn wands, flower bracelets, teddy bears, and dinosaurs. For proof of my 60 balloons per hour speed, click https://youtu.be/cZt53jQzvcU. I’ll be talking with the kids and looking at them as I twist, and when less than six kids in line, occasionally doing gags like “accidentally” letting the balloon go. The little kids think that is hilarious.
It’s not about me showing off how fancy I can make the sculptures. It’s about keeping the line happy and increasing the number of kids who meet a clown.
However, if you prefer, I can do the fancy balloons, for example, Tweety Bird in a cage, and the seventeenth kid will wait about an hour.